• Banks, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, JPMorganChase, league tables, Lehman, M&A, Morgan Stanley

    Hewlett-Packard & EDS Deal Puts Lehman and JP Morgan At The Head Of The Tech M&A League Tables

    The $13.25 billion acquisition of Electronic Data Systems by Hewlett-Packard—the ninth largest tech deal ever, according to DealLogic—has moved the M&A league table standings, DealJournal Heidi Moore reports. Before the deal was announced, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley led this year’s ranking from advising technology companies on mergers. But neither bank has a role in […]

    / May 13, 2008 at 3:43 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard, Pretexting

    Hewlett-Packard: Spying, Spying and More Spying

    Hewlett-Packard wants to be the tech-company of the future and, unfortunately, that goal may be coming a reality in a way they never planned. Instead of becoming a shining star of new technologies, the company has been plagued by an association with a darker kind of future—a sort of Max Headroom, Robocop-style dystopian future where […]

    / May 29, 2007 at 11:40 AM
  • Board of Directors, Hewlett-Packard, Patricia Dunn, Tom Perkins

    Who Put The Bee In Tom Perkins Bonnet?

    When we read the report in the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday that venture capitalist and former Hewlett-Packard board member Tom Perkins was making pointed remarks about corporate governance—including some fierce jabs at former H-P board chair Pattie Dunn—we all thought: why bring this up now? After all, Tom won this fight last year, […]

    / Mar 2, 2007 at 8:59 AM
  • Hewlett-Packard, Patricia Dunn, Tom Perkins

    When Lawyers Attack: Pattie Dunn’s Attorney Strikes Back At Tom Perkins

    Hey, remember yesterday when we did a couple of posts that weren’t about Tuesday’s market plunge? Remember the one about the remarks about corporate governance by venture capitalist and former Hewlett-Packard board member Tom Perkins? No? You don’t read our posts about corporate governance because (as one reader told us yesterday) “corporate governance is so […]

    / Mar 1, 2007 at 2:02 PM
  • Corporate Governance, Hewlett-Packard, Tom Perkins

    The Costs of Compliance: Too Few Geeks

    We’ve noted before that the faddish devotion to compliance-oriented corporate governance—encouraged by everything and everyone from Sarbanes-Oxley, it’s attendant regulatory schema, some of the more opinionated-parts of the business press and the reigning corporate governance gurus—has serious costs that are all too often ignored. The whole corporate-spying pretexting scandal at Hewlett-Packard was probably the public […]

    / Feb 28, 2007 at 2:00 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    We Realize the Venn Diagram Overlap Of People Who Work On Wall Street and People Who Watch The Super Bowl Is Rather Insignificant, But, For The Few Of You Out There…

    Those who were planning to bet big money online in regards to the outcome of the Super Bowl were served a sizeable setback over the weekend. But, assuming they also earmarked some clams for more “legal” pursuits, and play the bullish side of the market, there shouldn’t be too much to shed tears over.* According […]

    / Jan 22, 2007 at 11:15 AM
  • Hewlett-Packard, Pretexting

    Larry Sonsini Ousted As H-P Board’s Ouside Counsel

    The pretexting scandal claims another victim, Silicon Valley super lawyer Larry Sonsini. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who watch Sonsini at the Congressional hearings earlier this year, where he came off as at least a bit evasive. Particularly frustrating was the fact that he seemed to be giving board members advice based […]

    / Dec 14, 2006 at 12:03 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard, Tom Perkins

    Tom Perkins Memoir: “Valley Boy”

    Tom Perkins, the former Hewlett-Packard board member who helped expose the spying scandal that rocked the company and unseated its chairman earlier this year, has agreed to write a memoir that will provide details of the H-P affair. From Keith Kelly’s column in the Post: The memoir is entitled “Valley Boy: The Education of Tom […]

    / Dec 11, 2006 at 12:03 PM
  • DealBreaker Of The Year, Hewlett-Packard, Patricia Dunn, Pretexting

    DealBreaker Of the Year Candidate: Patricia Dunn

    Sponsored by Winning: The Answers: Confronting 74 of the Toughest Questions in Business Today – the ultimate stocking-stuffer. Our second candidate for DealBreaker of the Year might be a bit unexpected choice—former Hewlett Packard board chairman Patricia Dunn. Just today news broke that Hewlett Packard will have to pay $14.5 million to settle the civil […]

    / Dec 8, 2006 at 3:23 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    Mr. Hot Stock Tip Giver-Outer

    The rest of America is either sleeping off their Thanksgiving hangovers or pushing their way into a mall to grab those holiday shopping discounts. But you’re rubbing the sleep out of your eyes while staring at a glowing screen. Well, you’re not alone. We’re here with you too today. And we’ll do our best to […]

    / Nov 24, 2006 at 9:02 AM
  • Carly Fiorina, Hewlett-Packard

    Liquid Lunch: Carly Fiorina Discusses Tough Choices With Sir Harold Evans At Le Cirque

    hosted by the venerable Week Let’s just cut to the chase—I’m in love with Harold Evans. And had I been given more than 20 minutes’ notice that I was going to be in his delicious presence, I might have stood out among the suits in more of a tastefully displayed cleavage way and in less […]

    / Nov 15, 2006 at 5:20 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard, legal, Patricia Dunn

    Pattie Pleads Not Guilty

    We don’t know whether Pattie Dunn wasn’t offered a bargain or just decided she wasn’t pleaing out. We hope it’s the latter, and that she’s taking the Dick Grasso “clear my name under any costs” road. Because that trial will be totally awesome. From the Associated Press: Former Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn has pleaded not […]

    / Nov 15, 2006 at 1:05 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    The Price of Backdating

    If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been skeptical about how big of a scandal this whole backdating really is. It’s always had the feeling of a panic or a witch-hunt helped along by heavy-breathing media coverage. Especially since it seems that many of the companies that engaged in backdating weren’t trying […]

    / Nov 1, 2006 at 2:18 PM
  • Business Media, Hewlett-Packard, Pretexting

    Were Reporters Investigated By H-P Just Getting A Taste Of Their Own Medicine?

    Peter Cohan at BloggingStocks has an original take on the Wall Street Journal cover story on Hewlett-Packard spying we linked to earlier. Here’re the money graphs. There are many levels of irony in this story. Reporters do all sorts of investigations on their subjects. I don’t know how they cultivate their anonymous sources to dig […]

    / Oct 19, 2006 at 3:33 PM
  • Business Media, Hewlett-Packard, Pretexting

    Hewlett-Packard Either Doesn’t Know Or Won’t Tell The Details Of Its Creepy Spying

    We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again. Hewlett-Packard’s out-of-control investigation into leaks from its board of directors reads like something out of science fiction. The Corporation employing its own secret agents, tapping into the records and stealing the trash of directors and reporters. Except that the future is now. As it turns out, […]

    / Oct 19, 2006 at 1:28 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    Carly Fiorina Still Doesn’t Get It

    Okay. Look. We’re going to have to say it. What is it about Hewlett-Packard that has led to so much self-deception and denial on the part of people at the top of its org chart? Between Carly Fiorinia and Pattie Dunn, Hewlett-Packard seems to have developed a fetish for leaders who are large-and-in-charge and who […]

    / Oct 17, 2006 at 10:37 AM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    Hurd Hires Long Time Ally As H-P Ethicists

    Mark Hurd was clearly a winner in the recent debacle a Hewlett-Packard. The chief executive of the company that has run into so much trouble for a leak investigation that ended up with investigators stealing the phone records of directors and reporters, Hurd publicly took responsibility for the abuses. This ‘buck stops here’ attitude favorably […]

    / Oct 13, 2006 at 11:37 AM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    The Ideology of Governance

    Part of the weirdness that is Pattie Dunn’s article yesterday was take her insistence that she did everything right. It would help if just maybe she admitted that she could have done more. But maybe there is could reason why she cannot: she subscribes to an ideology of corporate governance that tells her doing more […]

    / Oct 12, 2006 at 11:07 AM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    What Gets Carly Hot and Damp?

    The blog for the 92nd Street Y has an interview with former Carly Fiorina up today, in advance of her talk there on October 15th. Somehow they get through the entire interview without once mentioning the word “pretexting” or the name “Pattie Dunn” to her. Here’s how it starts. 1. When most people think of […]

    / Oct 10, 2006 at 4:43 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    Patricia Dunn Lashes Out At Tom Perkins

    We’re not sure that Pattie Dunn deserves to be charged with felonies. But we are sure that she, like, totally deserves to be burdened with the responsibility for the leak investigation that went too far. She was the one who initiated it. Her denials are actually getting weird. At the congressional hearing, Pattie tried to […]

    / Oct 10, 2006 at 2:59 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    Former H-P Executive’s Roman à Clef

    Hurt feelings. Pink slips. People who were directly involved in Patty Dunn’s recent sticky wicket. It’s all included in ex H-P CEO Carly Fiorina’s memoir, Tough Choices, to be released next week by Penguin. Although the book does not mention the company’s latest leak investigations, it helps shed some light for those who have been […]

    / Oct 6, 2006 at 2:24 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    The Lesson From The Hewlett-Packard Indictments: Don’t Trust The Lawyers

    Law firms make a good deal of money from delivering legal opinions to client guaranteeing the legality of certain transactions. It’s a largely under-reported but highly profitable business for law firms. Clients need to hedge the legal risk of their transactions—risks that a purchase of assets by a troubled company might be annulled when the […]

    / Oct 5, 2006 at 11:59 AM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    Hewlett-Packard’s Dunn To Be Indicted With Four Others

    Business Week has broken the story that California Attorney General will seek indictments on felony charge today against former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn and four others involved in the company’s corporate spying scandal. Chief executive Mark Hurd can breathe a sigh of relief—the AG is reportedly not planning on bringing charges against him. All of […]

    / Oct 4, 2006 at 2:18 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard, Pretexting

    Planespotting: Still Doing It With Blindfolds But Now Adding Piñatas To The Mix

    Which company formerly known as “Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Discover & Co” fulfilled its legacy as anti-Semites and flew the Gulfstream V to Koln Bonn Airport over the (holiday) weekend? Which allegedly secretive group of hedge funds founded by Stevie Cohen took the company Gulfstream IV and V to Norman Y Mineta San Jose Int’l […]

    / Oct 3, 2006 at 4:46 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    H-P: Passing the Buck All The Way Around

    DealBook this afternoon provides a good guide to who blamed whom for the excesses of Hewlett-Packard’s leak investigation. You get a good picture of why lawmakers seemed so frustrated yesterday by just comparing what Pattie Dunn said to what the executives at the company are saying. Patricia Dunn Position: Chairwoman Still at the firm? No […]

    / Sep 29, 2006 at 1:20 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    Voodoo Economics

    Opening Bell this morning mentioned that Hewlett-Packard somehow managed to get a deal done amidst all the leak investigation hoopla. In case you missed it, they bought the luxury gaming pc company Voodoo. This morning, Voodoo’s founder put up an item on his blog describing how the deal got done. Project Vampire is about to […]

    / Sep 29, 2006 at 1:06 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    Hewlett-Packard: The Day After

    If yesterday’s non-stop DealBreaker coverage of the Hewlett-Packard hearings didn’t quite satisfy your needs, you can hop on over to C-Span’s web presence for these two videos. Here’s the first clip. And here’s the second.

    / Sep 29, 2006 at 12:39 PM
  • Hewlett-Packard

    Hewlett-Packard Hearing Day Afternoon Update: Pass The Buck

    Both Pattie Dunn and chief executive Mark Hurd denied knowing about the techniques of Hewlett-Packard’s investigation, including pretexting and attaching tracer software in an email. Dunn had a pretty rough time in front of the committee. She testified for more than four hours before a group of lawmakers whose attitudes ranged from skeptical to hostile. […]

    / Sep 28, 2006 at 5:34 PM

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